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post #21 of 28 Old 04-02-2013, 03:19 PM
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I think it's great to see a manageable colt!!
Agreed--HORRIBLE age to assess. Why don't you give him the summer and take pictures around Thanksgiving?

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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
That's why I tried to keep my comments to asking about his belly.

I find him very unfortunate looking at the moment.

I'm sorry if I may sound a little upset, but the comments just make it sound like I'm not doing all I can do to keep him healthy.
If everyone would have seen him when I first brought him home they would think otherwise. He has come a long way.

And if you don't mind explaining, how does he look unfortunate?
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Honey, we aren't saying anything about what you are doing. He's just at a awkward age .. most of them are at that age ...

He'll look like a different colt next year .. just keep doing what you're doing and give him time ..

It's much more important that he is calm and managable at this point.
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Originally Posted by texasgal View Post
Don't know why, but that made me laugh!! lol ... out loud ..
That's the polite, southern way of saying I think he's fugly right now.

Kind of along the same lines as telling someone, 'Well bless your heart!' when you really want to say something else not at all polite or southern!

OP, he's at a very awkward stage right now, so it's not fair to try and critique him. Give him another year of proper food and care, and I'll bet he looks completely different.
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post #25 of 28 Old 04-02-2013, 03:33 PM
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trackstar .. I'm interested in the progress of your colt. Please continue to take pictures of him and post them in a thread in the Horse Pictures part of the forum. That way there will be no critique and we can see him as he blooms into a beautiful long yearling ..

You will look at these pics in a couple years and not believe it's the same horse. He's going to be beautiful .. he's just at that really funny awkward age right now. No reflection on you.

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post #26 of 28 Old 04-02-2013, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by trackstar View Post
How much does your yearling weigh? My gelding is 550 lbs, I've been following a growth chart. It must not be too accurate since I have had a few people say he looks thin
It's okay! It's better to have a thinner yearling than a big fat yearling, it's easier on their legs. He doesn't look like he's starving, but a little extra food couldn't hurt.

My 11 month old is 14hh and 14.2 at the hip, but I don't have a weight on her currently. I can go check later on.

See how she's just a little more filled out and robust looking? That's all I'm looking at. Since your baby is a TB he is probably just more naturally thin.

I also don't post a critique of my yearling because I know people will say "she's butt high and awkward" xD. But we still love them nonetheless.

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Originally Posted by trackstar View Post
Bah, ok, it didn't also quote my original post... But I will explain further.

Yearlings rarely resemble their final look... But yearlings which have been under nourished during any point will almost always look about twice as bad as they normally would... In some cases it can be as bad as so fugly "hide that thing around back so nobody sees him, ever!" - the end result often is radically different.

I have rehabbed a few, and raised some well cared for yearlings of similar bloodlines, so I am speaking of personal experiences.

I had one which had been so wormy, so malnurished and so under developed physically he had people seriously questioning what I had seen that made me think he was a quality horse. In the end nobody questioned it, and anyone who didn't know him back then would never know he had a rough start to look it him as a 7yr old.

I don't want to offer a critique on him because it would be unfair to him... And to you. He is really unbalanced right now, and on top of that he just isn't that fit - it's to be expected if you got him in rough shape, but it won't get many glowing reviews in a conformation critique at this point since we can only critique what we can see.

Give him another year, spend some time hand walking him, especially up and down hills, and if possible offer him as much turnout as you can, and post him again as a two year old... I bet you will get more positive results.
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Trackstar, if it makes you feel any better I wish our little TB filly was as butt high as your boy is at the moment, because it means they're growing! Poor little gal is 12.2hh with no signs of verticle growth yet, about 390-395 lbs and she's over seven months older than your boy is!

Just keep feeding good food and letting him exercise as much as he wants. He's probably just a touch thin because he's growing. I know how hard it is to keep weight on growing yearlings, and him being a TB might just make it that much harder. I just love his coloring and I'm sure that he'll turn out much better looking than he is right now. Almost all of his conformation faults are VERY typical for yearlings his age, and dissapear or at least become less noticable.
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